Jonathan Bridges joined the faculty of UNT Dallas College of Law as an Assistant Professor of Law in 2015. He left a partnership at premier litigation boutique Susman Godfrey LLP to join the College of Law. Professor Bridges teaches Property and various other courses, including subjects related to trial practice and advanced legal writing.
Before attending law school, Professor Bridges spent five years teaching English to high school students, and he completed a master’s degree in English at Ball State University with a perfect academic record. He attended Notre Dame Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review and graduated magna cum laude.
After law school, Professor Bridges clerked for the Honorable Thomas M. Reavley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During 17 years of practicing law, Professor Bridges has handled high-stakes commercial litigation involving real estate, oil and gas interests, coal mining, power plants, zoning, eminent domain, patents, copyrights, and movie theater chains. He has pursued expertise in qui tam litigation under the federal False Claims Act, in minority-shareholder rights, and in all facets of complex civil litigation.
Professor Bridges has handled complex civil cases in venues across the U.S., including the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits, the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Northern District of West Virginia, the Southern District of New York, the Southern District of Indiana, the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Eastern District of Missouri, the Western District of Oklahoma, and various state courts in Texas, California, Maryland, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
Respected legal writing expert Brian Garner, in his book The Winning Brief (3rd ed. 2014), features a brief authored by Professor Bridges and introduces it with these comments: “How good is this brief? Let’s just say that many experienced appellate lawyers have told me they consider it to be the best they’ve ever seen: a beautiful marriage of rhetorical skill, thorough research, and humane lawyering.”